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began with last week's earthquake. there is developing news tonight at of japan, the operator of the nuclear plant it says, a fire has broken out again at its no. 4 reactor. the blaze erupted a short time ago when the elder housing of the reactors containment vessel. earlier a fire broke out in the fuel storage pond. the storage pond is an area used to keep nuclear fuel cool. it is causing nuclear refuse to be released into the air. you can see the reactors are indicated here on our map. growing concerns about radiation have people fleeing the area. joining me on the fault is doctored to with the department of nuclear engineering at uc- berkeley. thank you for joining us, what you make of these continuing explosions and fires. it seems as though things are getting worse. >>caller: yes i think it is. >>pam: you agree that officials in japan did not have control the situation? >>caller: i believe they are still having control over the situation, but the tide is limited. >>pam: g feel a meltdown as possible now? >>caller: the meltdown possibility would be small. the reactors are
meltdown. in japan after the bears quake the cooling system failed and the fuel rods got hot and boiled through all of the water and were exposed to the air for hours. to keep the reactor from overheating sea water was pumped into the plant. what a full meltdown occurs the fuel rods melt and turned into more a nonnuclear fuel. it it then sells through the chamber it's considered a meltdown. the major concern here is the containment shell. it the this and hold catastrophic about of radiation can be released into the atmosphere. kate thompson kron 4 news. >>pam: the nuclear crisis in japan has left many people with health questions about radiation exposure and how to protect yourself. christine has when talking with the state health experts, she's here with answers. >>christine: a lot of questions about potassium iodide and how it works. the drug does is it shields of thyroid from radioactive iodine which can cause cancer. think of the thyroid like a gas tank, if you fill up the tank with potassium iodide, the good guy died and that helps provide that it had died from coming in. that's ki
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